Sunday, November 22, 2009

Update on Diago

I have a quick update on Diago, for all of you that where wondering/ worried about him. He had his vet appointment on Friday, and everything went as planned. He did really well, and according to our vet, he even behaved for them lol. Up until about an hour or so before we came and got him, at which point he started getting louder and louder, he was simply ready to be out of the kennel and back at home lol. Well even though I said everything went as planned, there was one "little" mishap that happened. At some point while he was in the kennel, he started chewing on the metal door and as obsessive as he gets about things like that, he didn't stop chewing the door until he broke off his bottom right K9 tooth! It's not completely gone, it broke off about 3/4 of the way though, so now he looks quite a bit uneven when he smiles ;) The vet told us, he shouldn't have a problem with the broken tooth, but to keep an eye on it. If he stops eating or starts acting strange, they told us to bring him back and they will do something about it.
So, aside from the tooth issue, since we've brought him home everything has been good so far. We of course haven't let him around Titus, but on a bright note, he also hasn't tried searching him out, which has been one of his habits for the past month or so. On Saturday, the day after, he was pretty much right back to his usual self. He hasn't acted like he's been in any pain, or anything else unusual. We're pretty hopeful about getting him fixed, and do hope it'll make a difference.
Oh, before I forget, our vet did remark on his stubbornness, aside from the broken tooth, it also took them a little over an hour, before the anesthetic finally kicked in with him. They said, so far, he's been the first dog, that they've seen that literally fought falling asleep for that long lol. Every time they thought he was about to go out, he'd pop his head right back up and look at everyone, all wide eyed.
That's it for now lol. Wish us luck with his attitude problem lol, I'm really hopeful that this will work ;)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hiatus and dog aggression

Don't yell at me!! Please?!? Lol, here I go again, yes I took a very long hiatus from blogging for well i can't really say a few days, since it's bordering on a month lol. But I just needed a breather for a moment.
So here's a little update on my past month ;)

Billy started his new job on Monday and we're really excited about it and being that he's on night shift, this is perfect for me. I'm much more of a night owl then an early bird any day lol. So I'm sure you all will be getting lots of late night posts from me now.

Aside from that, our household has turned into an insane asylum!! Diago has decided that he wants to be dog aggressive now. He's gotten to the point were he wants to challenge our old man Titus on a daily basis now. We can't leave them together in the same room at all, and even when seperating them by rooms with doors, Diago still attempts to tear down doors just to get after him.
We never imagined he would get like this, especially since those two have been best buds, like brothers for the past four years. And it's not like he doesn't have any "upbringing". He knows better than doing it, but it's like he completely shuts everything else out, and goes into a frenzy. I've been doing a lot of reading about the doberman breed and know they can, to a point be preposition ed to dog aggression, and of course knowing that he's an unaltered male, i know that, that plays a huge part in it as well. He hasn't shown any aggression towards Billy or I, nor the other three dogs, it's just him and Titus. Don't worry of course we're working with our vet on what we can possibly do with him, first things first, Friday morning, our lil' mean man is heading to the vets office to get, neutered. The vet already explained to us, that even after that, it can take up to two months before some of the testosterone gets out of his system. And if he still doesn't stop after that, we will have to look into medicating him. I'm almost beginning to think he has a hormonal imbalance that's causing him to act this way, but we will have to wait and see. As of right now, everything is crazy. I can't talk on the phone, do anything on the computer, or anything else that makes him think, even for a second, that I've stopped paying attention to what he's doing. With Diago at 125lbs and Titus bordering on 180lbs the safest thing for now is to simply keep them separated and not give either of them the chance of getting to the other. I've already had people telling me, that I might have to look into finding a home for one of them, but I can't really see myself doing that. We will first exasperate every option available, and cross that bridge when we get there. But finding a home for either of them, really isn't an option. They're a part of the family and that's that.

Ok, enough ranting about the insane asylum lol. Other than those two major things, well, nothing much has been going on. I do have a new giveaway that I will be posting within the next few days hopefully, and I'm sure you all will be looking forward to it!!
As always, comment or email me if you have any questions or anything else that you want me to know about ;)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Once In a Blue Moon by Eileen Goudge Review

A few weeks ago, I was given the chance to read Eileen Goudge's new book " Once In A Blue Moon".
This was my very first read for one of Eileen's books, but she definitely has a long list of loyal fans with some of her previous books, which include; Domestic Affairs, Garden of Lies, The Diary, Thorns of Truth and many many more.
I have to honestly say, when I was first given the book I was a bit apprehensive, because I had it set in my brain that this was a straight up romance book, something I've never really been a big fan of. Why I made that assumption is completely beyond me now lol, because although there's romance in the book, it is so much more. When I first finally picked the book up to start reading it, I found it really hard to put down. And don't never tell anyone lol, but you know if you have a hard time keeping dry eyes throughout the prologue, than you're probably in for a good read. It's not that the book is that sad, it's just really touching. The story line draws you right in, and before long you'll feel like you're part of the book. Without giving too much away here is what the book is about:
Sisters Lindsay and Kerrie Ann have known hardship from an early age. Without guidance from their neglectful mother, their only aid came from an unlikely source, a retired exotic dancer by the name of Miss Honi Love. When the girls’ mother was sent to prison, Miss Honi tried unsuccessfully to save them from being separated and sent into foster care.
Thirty years later, Lindsay is still trying to reconnect with her sister. The owner of a bookstore in the sleepy California seaside town of Blue Moon Bay, she was lucky enough to have been adopted by a loving couple. Unbeknownst to her, Kerrie Ann has suffered a very different life. Bounced from one foster home to the next, she ran away as a teenager before becoming a drug-addicted single mother. Now, newly sober, Kerrie Ann is fighting to regain custody of the little girl who was taken from her.
Neither sister’s expectations are met when they’re finally reunited. But as the two sisters engage in the fiercest battles of their lives, they are at last drawn together despite their differences, restoring belief in the unshakable bond of family.


Hopefully this didn't give too much away for some of you planning on reading this book. I definitely enjoyed this book and found it to be a good read. And want to make sure everyone that's like me, and assumes this is just another romance book, it's not lol! Maybe it was the cover that convinced me of that lol ;)

Disclosure: I was given this book for free to review, this however did not change my opinion about it in any way. What you read here, is nothing more than my own personal and honest thoughts about this book.

Yoplait prize pack Winners

Our latest winners for the Yoplait Less Sugar, More Fun review and prize pack giveaway are:




Sheila from MO.


And


Tiffany from MS.




Since I already have both of your addresses from the entry, your prize packs will be sent out asap.
For all you that haven't won this time, don't despair, we should get another giveaway up here shortly ;)

All the information collected for this giveaway will now be deleted ;)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Joshua Bell - At Home With Friends CD Review


Recently I was given a new CD of violinist Joshua Bell's new CD, "At Home With Friends". The CD was just released on September 29th. Joshua is also the artist who performed the music in the movie "The Red Violin" (Samuel L. Jackson)
I actually really liked this movie, so I was pretty excited to be doing this review.

Here's a little about the CD:

From the producers of the album:
At Home With Friends represents the Grammy Award-winning violinist's life-long dream of recording an album of instrumental and vocal duets with an amazing roster of musicians and friends and includes collaborations with Regina Spektor, Josh Groban, Sting, Kristin Chenoweth, Chris Botti, and more!

The album covers all of the genres, from classical to pop, bluegrass to Broadway, jazz and ethnic World Music. There are even a couple of seasonal tracks in there, just in time to celebrate the holidays.

Album Track listing:

I Loves You Porgy featuring Chris Botti, trumpet
Come Again featuring Sting, vocals
Oblivion featuring Carel Kraayenhof, bandoneon
Cinema Paradiso featuring Josh Groban, vocals
Para Tí featuring Tiempo Libre, various
My Funny Valentine featuring Kristin Chenoweth, vocals
Maybe So featuring Edgar Meyer Sam Bush and Mike Marshall, strings
Grieg: Sonata No. 3 featuring Sergei Rachmaninoff (Zenph re-performance)
Eleanor Rigby featuring Frankie Moreno, piano & vocals
O, Cease Thy Maiden Fair featuring Nathan Gunn, baritone
Il Postino featuring Carel Kraayenhof, bandoneon
Left Hand Song featuring Regina Spektor, piano & vocals
Chovendo Na Roseira
featuring Dave Grusin, piano
Look Away featuring Edgar Meyer, bass and Chris Thile, mandolin
Variant Moods: Duet for Sitar & Violin featuring Anoushka Shankar, sitar
I'll Take Manhattan featuring Marvin Hamlisch, piano
Left Hand featuring Regina Spektor, vocals


What I thought:

I absolutely love this album and I'm sure that seasoned as well as new fans of Joshua Bell will feel the same about it! I've actually always been more of a fan of artists that play the piano, like George Winston, but hearing Joshua play the violin, is almost like being transported to a completely different place. At home with friends is so relaxing and calming, an absolute must to music lovers cd collections. Since he covers so many genres in this album, there will be at least one and I'm sure many more songs on this album that you will just fall in love with!

Disclosure: I received this CD for free to review it, but did not get any monetary compensation. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Yoplait Less Sugar, More Fun review and prize pack giveaway


MyBlogSpark has given me another great opportunity to test or well better yet "taste" more Yoplait Yogurt. This time it was for the Yoplait Kids Cups Yogurt. If you've read my previous review of Yoplait Yogurt, then you already know all about the great benefits that you can get from eating it. With all the Vitamin D and Calcium that you get in each serving.
Yoplait Kids Cups truly are quite yummy! And you would never believe that they have 25% less sugar than the leading kids yogurt. (I promise I wasn't able to taste that it has less lol) It also contains no artificial flavors, which I know makes us all feel better about serving it to kids ;)
While doing this BlogSpark I actually learned some interesting things, for one, did you know that according to two new studies, millions of U.S. children have disturbingly low vitamin D levels, which possibly increases their risk for a variety of health concerns, including bone problems?
I think with odds like that showing in this study, every little bit helps. So having a yummy snack that most kids truly enjoy and you know is benefiting them healthwise, well, I don't know where you could go wrong there.
Now of course, as before, MyBlogSpark didn't want me to be the only one, able to try out Yoplait Yogurt for kids. They've also got two gift packs for me to giveaway, just like before ;)


Here's what you'll get in your Yoplait Less Sugar, More Fun prize pack:
  • A coupon for a Yoplait Kids yogurt pack*
  • a travel cooler (to take your yogurt on-the-go)
  • a fun spoon that changes colors in warm water
  • a reusable place mat with games to keep the kids happy while snacking
  • and a fuzzy tangle puzzle for some after-snack fun
To Enter:
Since my last giveaway seems to have been a big hit with the google form, all you have to do is follow Crazy With Pets via the link on the sidebar and fill out this simple form. Only fields with * are required. You can only enter once per person/email.

As always just remember to have fun. And if you do want to leave a comment, please feel free to do so.


*This coupon offer for a free six pack of Yoplait Kids yogurt is not valid in some states, including Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota and Tennessee.

This giveaway will end on Wednesday October the 21st, @ 11:59pm CT.
I will contact the winner via email (make sure to add giveaways@crazywithpets.com to your safe list, so my email wont get lost in spam.)and post the winning name on this blog.
The winner will have 48 hours to respond, or the prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.

This giveaway is open to the US 18+ only.
Your info will only be used for this giveaway, it will not be SOLD or anything of the likes. As soon as this giveaway is over, all of your info will be DELETED.


Disclosure: As clearly stated I received products from MyBlogSpark for this review in order to review them. This however did not influence how I feel about the product that I tested. I always give my own personal opinion about products, and what you read here, is nothing more than personal opinions.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn for Wii Giveaway Winner

A big congrats to the winner for the Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn for Wii Giveaway :




Timothy W. from Lexington, SC!!!


I've already heard back from Timothy and his game will be sent out tomorrow ;)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Haven't forgotten about ya'll

Just wanted to let you all know, that I haven't forgotten about ya'll ;-)
I've just been a bit busy with a couple of projects lol. First of, I've just recently gotten my hands on my very own copy of Windows 7 ultimate, through the very awesome Houseparty website. I am completely in love with it, now that I've had a chance of playing around with it a bit. It's such a huge step up from vista, you will hardly believe your eyes. Also anyone with a touchscreen computer, all i can say is WOW!! The enhancements that you'll get through Windows 7 running a touchscreen are absolutely amazing ;) So yes, I've been a bit busy checking out all my new features lol. Other than that, I've got a couple of really great reviews that I'm working on, as well as another giveaway that I'm sure some of you will be looking forward to, especially since my Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn for Wii Giveaway ends tomorrow. So don't forget to enter that one! If everything works out alright I should start getting the reviews and hopefully the giveaway up within the next couple of days!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Yoplait Core and Nancy O'Dell Review and Giveaway Winners

We've gotten two winners, from our Yoplait Core and Nancy O'Dell review and giveaway.

The two winners have been emailed,


A big congrats to Beth S. from xenia, ohio


and


a big congrats to Erin C. from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Both winners have responded to the emails, and their info is off to the sponsor ;)
How funny is that lol, i just realized both winners are from Ohio lol!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Harry Connick, JR - Your Songs


As of yesterday, Sep. 22nd Harry Connick, Jr new Album "Your Songs" went on sell.
For those of you that don't know who Harry Connick, Jr. is, he is a Singer, Actor (P.S. I Love You, Bug and many more), Composer, Pianist, Philanthropist, husband and father. Harry performs classic songs by some of the greatest musicians of all time, (i.e. Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Elvis) with a full Jazz big band and string orchestra.
Though I'm actually not a fan of big bands, I definitely enjoy listening to Harry Connick, Jr. One of his biggest strengths is in his composing. At times it really seems like he can take one of your all time favorite oldies and magically transform it into a completely new song. Although I'm sure some wouldn't agree, I actually think "Your Songs" is even better than "Only You", one of his older Cd's.
The track listing for Your Songs is :

Album Tracklisting (Originally performed by)

All The Way (Frank Sinatra)
Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel)
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You (Elvis Presley)
And I Love Her (The Beatles)
(They Long To Be) Close To You (The Carpenters)
Besame Mucho
The Way You Look Tonight
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
(Roberta Flack)
Your Song (Elton John)
Some Enchanted Evening
And I Love You So
(Don McLean)
Who Can I Turn To? (Tony Bennett)
Smile (Charlie Chaplin)
Mona Lisa (Nat King Cole)

If I had no choice and had to pick a single favorite out of all these, it would probably be Your Song, although it really is hard just to pick a single favorite lol.
If you're a fan of big bands, jazz or of some of these oldies but goodies, than you should definitely check out Harry's new CD.

You'll also be able to catch Harry on TV over these next few days, here are some of his appearances:

9/25 – Oprah “Live Friday”
9/28 – Today Show
9/29 – The View
9/30 – Imus in the Morning
9/30 – Letterman
10/1 – Today Show
Week of 10/5 – Rachael Ray

Your Songs Deluxe Limited Edition CD/DVD package is only available HERE and features 14 standard album tracks PLUS 2 exclusive bonus tracks, "Who's Sorry Now" and "Answer Me My Love." It also includes rare behind-the-scenes footage of Harry on the road with his band and the music video for "(They Long To Be) Close To You."

And before I forget, Harry also has a facebook page where you can check him out, here.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn for Wii Giveaway

I've owned this game for quite a while now, and truly enjoy playing it! Luckily I happen to have an extra brand new copy of it!
Guess what that means for you?
That's right, here you have a chance of receiving a brand spanking new, copy of Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn for your Wii! I promise you won't regret owning this title!

If you want to read more about the game, or if you can't wait to win a copy here is your chance to read more about the Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn.




The giveaway rules to this are going to be very simple.
Wait for the google form to load, enter all your info and make sure you FOLLOW this blog. That's it! You don't have to leave a comment or anything of the sorts. Simply follow this blog and fill out this form. 1 x entry per person.



This giveaway will end on Saturday October the 10th, @ 11:59pm CT.
I will contact the winner via email (make sure to add giveaways@crazywithpets.com to your safe list, so my email wont get lost in spam.)and post the winning name on this blog.
The winner will have 48 hours to respond, or the prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.

This giveaway is open to the Continental US and Canada. 18+ only.
Your info will only be used for this giveaway, it will not be SOLD or anything of the likes. As soon as this giveaway is over, all of your info will be DELETED.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sodastream Winner!!

I know everyone has been waiting for this announcement lol.
I won't make you all wait any longer ... our winner of the very awesome Fountain Jet Soda Lover's Start-Up Kit is...


...




...



...


... Karen M.
From
Wilmington, IL



The flavors she chose are : Root Beer, Orange and Cola!


I hope you all enjoy your Sodastream soda maker as much as I do!!

Thank you to all of you that entered, it was a lot of fun hosting this giveaway, and I sure do wish I had more to giveaway to all of you!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

BIA Cordon Bleu Mortar and Pestle Review

A few days ago, I decided to search for a Mortar and Pestle set, to help me do something with the abundance of Chiltepin peppers that I have this year.
While looking on Amazon I found the BIA Cordon Bleu 8-Ounce Mortar and Pestle Set, White
I figured at $8.49 for the set, I really couldn't loose out!


This Mortar and Pestle set is made from white porcelain and holds 8 ounces, it measures 4-1/2 inches in diameter. Has a textured surface on the bowl interior as well as on the pestle base to help with the grinding. It is also vitrified and nonporous, which mean that the set won't stain, absorb odors, or crack. My favorite fact is that it's safe in the oven, microwave, dishwasher and the freezer!
Here are some of the pictures I took today while using it. This is what the BIA Mortar and Pestle looked like with my dried Chiltepins.


The peppers after, well a few minutes of grinding lol The mortar and pestle truly worked like a charm, as long as you don't mind using a little bit of elbow and wrist grease lol.


Here is the not so clean Mortar and pestle after it's first use. Definitely note all the color from the Tepins.


And finally here you can see what it looked like after a quick wash in the sink. I really am amazed by, how well it cleaned up.


Last but not least, my finished "SPICY" Chiltepin powder and seeds.


Yes, I am definitely still in the process of clearing out my sinuses! All I can say, the next time I do this, I will definitely have to use a face mask lol ;)
Would I recommend this product to anyone?
Oh yes! For the price, you really can't go wrong here. If you're looking for a Mortar and Pestle set, that does it's job, is sturdy, wont get discolored and wont break your bank, than you should definitely give the BIA Cordon Bleu 8-Ounce Mortar and Pestle Set, White a try!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Yoplait Core and Nancy O'Dell Review and Giveaway OVER!!

MyBlogspark recently gave me the opportunity to taste some truly yummy Yoplait Yogurt. Yoplait Yogurt is the only leading brand of yogurt that contains both, calcium and vitamin D in every serving (that's 10-20% of your daily value of vitamin D).

Aside from that, Yoplait offers a large variety of great tasting flavors, this way even some of your pickiest eaters find the right tasting yogurt, and therefor hopefully meet their daily vitamin D and Calcium needs.
Did you know that 76% of population falls short of getting enough vitamin D; and 72% are not getting enough calcium in their diets?

Getting the right amount of calcium and vitamin D, paired with exercise is extremely important to help build and maintain strong, healthy bones, especialy in adolescence.
Did you know that consuming calcium and vitamin D during childhood can help reduce the risk of fractures in adulthood?


Yoplait has partnered with Nancy O'Dell the entertainment news reporter and celebrity mom, who understands the importance of incorporating calcium and Vitamin D into her diet, while also maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Here is what Nancy O'Dell has to say




MyBlogspark sent me a coupon to try out the Yoplait Yogurt. I chose the Yoplait Light Red Raspberry, and omg it was absolutely scrumptious! I am definitely going back for more lol! ;)

As a fun bonus the very generous people at MyBlogSpark have offered to let me giveaway not one but two complimentary gift bags, to give to two of my readers!

Each winner will receive:
  • One Free Coupon for one Yoplait Yogurt
  • An autographed copy of Nancy's new book, "Full of Life" (Mom-to-Mom Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Pregnant)
  • And one Yoga mat with a carrybag

To Enter:
Real simple this time ;)
Just leave me a comment answering this question "Do you think you get enough Vitamin D and Calcium in your daily diet?"

This is for your first entry, after that you can come back each day and just say "I really need more Vitamin D and Calcium!"

There is no need to leave your email in the comment field!
If you have problems with the comment form or anything else, please email me at giveaways@crazywithpets.com

This giveaway will end on Saturday September 28th, @ 11:59pm CT.
The winner will be choosen via random.org on the following day.
I will contact the winner via email (make sure to add giveaways@crazywithpets.com to your safe list, so my email wont get lost in spam.)and post the winning name on this blog.
The winner will have 48 hours to respond, or the prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.

This giveaway is open to the Continental US, 18+ only.

Please note: the free coupon is not valid within the following states: ID, LA, ND, NJ, NV and TN .

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Nailene French Tip Kit


As some of you might remember, last month I received several items from Nailene to try out. This weekend I finally had a chance to try out the Nailene French Tip Kit. Though I'm just now finally getting a chance to tell you all about it lol.
I have to honestly say, I am absolutely in love with the kit!! I know that last month I said I would try the black pen out first, but well what can I say, I chickened out I think lol. I tried the actual pen that comes with the kit. It was the very first time ever that I've actually given myself French tips, and I'm surprisingly satisfied with the outcome!
Even Billy commented on how great my nails looked, and asked me how in the world I did that all by myself lol. Sharing a couple of pics of my fingers, the pictures didn't come out anywhere near as good as I hoped, they really don't do the kit justice. They look so nice in person. I would love to give myself a pat on the shoulder for this lol, but know I wouldn't have been able to do it without the kit. The kit came with 42 tip guides and believe me, they were a live saver for me. I would never have been able to make the straight line lol.
Another thing I love about this kit is of course the fact that you use your own nails, no need for glue or fake tips or any of that messy stuff. I had actually just broken one of my nails, and was going to wait another couple of weeks before I painted them, but figured what the heck, lets try to pretend they're all somewhere around the same length lol. At this point now, I don't even think it is noticeable anymore, unless I point it out ;)
I'm also really happy with the fact that they haven't chipped or anything like that yet!! As soon as I get brave enough to try out the black pen, I'll show ya'll some more pictures!
Now don't forget gals, Nailene is still running their sweepstakes for $200 worth of nailene products and a $50 giftcard!
And,
I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Susceptible to earworms?

I've been having this one particular earworm for I think going on almost two weeks now! It seems that the jingle from the Klondike yes, Klondike bar commercial has bore itself into my head. It won't even consider letting go. All through out the day my brain keeps going back to "What would you do ..... for a Klondike bar". This is driving me insane lol, I've even started to wonder, if I just go the store and buy myself a Klondike bar, maybe it'll go away lol.
Over the years I've had quite a few earworms, that probably just by mentioning them here in a minute will bore themselves right back into my head as well. It's amazing there's room for anything else in my head.
Some of my all-time earworms include:
  • The "Baby Back Rib" jingle from Chili's
  • "Gimme a break, gimme a break" Kit-Kat candy-bar jingle
  • The song "We will, we will, rock you!"
  • and the theme song to Mission Impossible.
Most of the time for me it seems to just be some random commercial jingle that gets stuck with me. Every once in a while it's a regular song, or the theme song of some series that I watch or even watched years ago. Flipper comes to mind here lol.

I'm sure I can't be the only one out there with a song/ jingle in my head. What are some of the Jingles/songs/themes that bore themselves into your head? And most of all, what do you do to get rid of them!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sodastream Review & Giveaway OVER!!


As some of you know, I am a huge soda lover. One soda in particular, Red Bull lol. Yes, I absolutely love the taste as well as the boost that it gives me. Which brings me to the fact, that I definitely spend way too much money on the one previous mentioned soda lol. We all know soda as well as seltzer water can get expensive, but when you're talking about energy drinks, that brings it to a whole new level lol.

Recently I was given the opportunity to test out a Sodastream Fountain Jet! When I first opened the package I have to say I was a little intimitated by the 110 Liter Carbonator.
The picture doesn't really quite do it the justice it needs lol. It looks a lot bigger in person :)
It only took me a couple of seconds though, to be completely comfortable as well as knowledgeable about the way it works. During the initial set-up all you have to do is remove the valve seal and cap from the Carbonator bottle and screw it tightly (but without tools!) into the back of the Fountain Jet. That's it! The unit is ready to go! No electricity or anything, I'm not sure why in the world I was so sure I would need to clear off counter space for the Fountain Jet, to get it close to one of my electrical outlets, but yeah, no need for that! This of course brings me to the fact of just how green the Fountain Jet is. By not using electricity you're already helping with reducing the carbon footprint! The fact of how many cans you'd keep from using as well as having to carry them home from the store, which is a big plus in my eyes lol.
All you need now is your water, be that tap water or filtered water that you keep in the fridge, and some flavor!

I was lucky enough to be able to try quite an array of the Sodastream flavors, they have over 25 regular, diet, energy and caffeine-free flavors.
Each of their 500ml soda mixes makes the equivalent of 12 liters of soda!
Also all of their regular soda mixes contain no high fructose syrup and their diet soda mixes are aspartame free!
They also have natural MyWater flavor essences which are unsweetened and contain no calories.
I would tell you now to go ahead and guess which flavor I tried first, but if you've been reading along than you probably already know what my first choice was lol. You guessed right, my first flavor trial was the Energy, which you can compare with Red Bull. (Well I would compare it to that, because that has been my energy drink choice for years) The first thing you would do, is add some water to the provided carbonating bottle, (I used chilled water from the fridge) screw it into the Fountain Jet, and push the button on the top until you hear the buzz. Once you're done with that, you remove the bottle add a cap-full of your desired flavor, screw the bottle shut tight and shake it up to distribute the flavor. I have to honestly say, I was pretty happy with the flavor! I do have to also say, there's a little tweaking of the flavor as well as the carbonation involved. I actually ended up using a little less of the flavor, but a little more on the carbonation, and that made it just perfect for me! Which thinking about that, I think that right there makes the Fountain Jet even better to me. This means you can prepare your soda to your liking! Maybe you want some carbonation but not as much as some of the store bought soda, or maybe you like way more lol, same when it comes to the strength of the flavors.

The sodastream website has several different starter kits that they offer up for sale. Starter Kits range from $99.95 to $199.95. As well as Value Packs, that range from $129.95 to $249.95.
You'll be able to order these online at their website, and in some areas, you can buy the units as well as the soda mixes, carbonators and other accessories at stores in your area. Sodastream has a very convenient store locator on their site. I definitely think that the Sodastream Soda Makers will pay for themselves, if you calculate out, how much money you spend in a year on soda!

All in all, I think the Sodastream Fountain Jet is a winner in my eyes!
My pros are:
  • You're using reusable carbonating bottles, which keeps you from buying soda cans or bottles, therefor keeping them from going to the landfill. Being Green :)
  • The Sodastream Soda Makers don't use electricity. More Green :)
  • There is a large amount of flavor choices available, and the flavors are definitely comparable to name brand sodas.
  • You don't have to lug countless numbers of sodas from the store to your house!
  • The Soda Makers are extremely easy to use.
  • It is absolutely portable, use it in your house, camp, garage, on your boat, while out camping or any other place you think you would like a fresh soda!
My cons are:
  • The only con that I can come up with is that the particular carbonating bottles that came with my soda fountain are not Dishwasher safe. (so yes, I would suggest to invest in a bottle cleaning brush, going to get me one soon lol)

Now for the fun part!
The great people at Sodastream have decided to let me host a giveaway sponsored by them, for:

A fountain Jet Soda Lover's Start-Up Kit (ARV $ 100)!!!
  • This includes your choice of Black/Silver, Red/Silver or White Fountain Jet.
  • CO2 to make over 100 Liters of soda
  • 2 reusable carbonating bottles
  • A sample pack of flavors
  • 3 Full sized flavors of your choice!

TO ENTER:
  1. Visit Sodastream and tell me which 3 flavors and which Fountain Jet color option you would choose if you were chosen as the winner. (This is mandatory, all extra entries will not be counted if you do not do this.)
To earn additional entries you can do one, some or all of the following.
  1. Follow this blog. (it's on the right side bar. Make sure you leave the name your using to follow with.) (1 entry)
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  3. Tweet about this giveaway (leave the link to your tweet)Feel free to tweet this msg. "Win a Sodastream Soda Lover's Start Up Kit and make your own soda @prplrush http://bit.ly/r5PbC" (1 entry daily)
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Make sure to leave an extra comment for each extra entry.

This giveaway will end on Saturday September 19th, @ 11:59am CT.
The winner will be choosen via random.org on the following day.
I will contact the winner via email (make sure to add giveaways@crazywithpets.com to your safe list, so my email wont get lost in spam.)and post the winning name on this blog.
The winner will have 48 hours to respond, or the prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.

This giveaway is open to the Continental US and Canada. 18+ only.


Now most of all, just have fun!!!
If you have any questions about this giveaway, please feel free to contact me via the contact email button on the right sidebar.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Knowing (2009) DVD Giveaway Winner

Good morning everyone!!
I'm sure you all are dying to find out who won our very first giveaway.
Drum rolls..................




Just kidding I wont make you wait any longer lol. The winner is

post#69 guettel78 ( Geoff K. From Ohio)

I've heard back from Geoff and he'll be receiving his DVD shortly ;)

A big thank you to all who entered! And if you didn't win this time, don't despair. Our second giveaway is right around the corner! It'll be bigger and better then the first ;)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

China Sleeping

It's raining here, and just as lazy as that makes me sometimes, it has the same effect on our dogs lol. I was just able to get a seriously cute picture of our lil' China while she's asleep. You've gotta love the tongue. I just couldn't help myself, I had to share this real quick!
Enjoy :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Nailene French Manicure Kits


Before I forget to mention, which I'm sure is near to impossible lol, this past Saturday I received several products from Nailene! With everything going on this weekend, I just didn't get time to post about it yet lol.
Here is what I received:
  • Acrylic Strong Topcoat
  • French Tip Pen Kit
  • White French tip Pen
  • Black French tip Pen
  • and Perfect Tip Guides.
So far the only thing I've been able to try out is the Acrylic Strong Topcoat. I put it on Sunday night and have to say, it definitely does what it promises. My nails feel a lot stronger than they do without having that top coat on! And best of all, so far it hasn't chipped or peeled off, which I find is what usually happens with most top coats. Of course I've only worn it for around 3 days now lol, but I believe it'll stay like that. As soon as I get a chance I'll be trying out the French Tip Pen Kit, although instead of using the white tip that comes with the kit, I was thinking about using the black French tip pen that they sent as well. Have to be honest, I can't think of a single time that I've seen someone with black french tips, but that's ok, because the black is just a lot more like me lol.
Also don't forget, Nailene is currently running a sweepstakes for a really great prize!!
That's it for my post this evening, I think Sunday when Billy and I added the canopy to the deck, while cutting off some tree limbs, we must've gotten into something. Well either that or we're both coming down with a nasty regular ol' summer cold. I'd prefer the allergy thing lol, hoping it'll just disappear as quickly as it came ;)
But don't forget to check back, as soon as I'll try all of these products out, I'll be posting pictures ;)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Making sure your email is on your Blogger account

If you already have a blogger account and want to make sure, that other people have a way of contacting you, here's how you can find out how to do so.

First things first. Go to your blogger account and sign into your account. This should bring you straight to your personal dashboard. On the left hand towards the top you should see three options, view profile, edit profile (you can click on edit profile to get there as well) and edit picture. The one you need to click on is edit profile. And now all you have to do, is make sure there's a check-mark next to where it says "show my email address".
Now this isn't just going to add your email to your account, for everyone, including spammers to see. What it does do, is add a click-able link to your account which will have your email in it.
I hope this helps someone, and as always if you have any questions, feel free to comment on here and I'll try my best at answering them!

The Deck

It is back to being daylight out, and just a minute ago, I was able to take a couple of better pictures of the new deck.


Although now I feel like it was too bright out there to get a very good picture. I don't think I can deny it any longer, I need to get a real camera and stop using my cell for all the pictures that I take lol. Anyway, I love the new deck and I guess until the rails go up, I'm gonna call it a deck lol, after that happens it'll be a porch. That's just how my mind works this morning ;)
It was so nice this morning to sit up there while I was letting the dogs out.

If you look real close in this picture, of to the left right there, thats China, though she seemed to blend right in with the sunlight, and you can hardly make her out lol. Now all that's left for me to do, is to replant all of my giant elephant ears, that Billy had to pull up yesterday.
Promise again, to update and show some more pic's once the deck becomes a porch ;) lol

Saturday, August 22, 2009

For our anniversary

Yesterday was our 11th wedding anniversary! Eleven long, agonizing, excruciating ......yeah, yeah just kidding lol. So now, guess what Billy bought me for our anni?
Nothing, he didn't buy anything!
But now, don't go to boo'ing him yet lol. He didn't buy me anything, but what he did do is build me something ;) For years now, I've whined and complained about not having a porch.
So yes, you guessed right lol, he recruited a couple of his friends, and they all came together today and build me a deck/porch. Well, I guess it's for us, but I'm still gonna continue to call it mine lol. It took Billy, his friends Scott and Hal around 3 hours to almost have it completely finished! They had to go back to Lowe's and get another board, because they were one short lol. That's what they're doing right now, is adding that last piece of wood to it. While they were gone, I went ahead and took a picture for you all to see real quick. I promise to try and get a better picture of it, once it's finished and it's back to being daylight outside lol.

Billy also said that if everything works out alright, next weekend he'll be working on adding rails. I'm completely in love with "my" new deck/porch! In case you're wondering the deck is 10ft X 10ft. Truly he couldn't have given me a better gift! A big "You Rock!!" for Billy, Scott and Hal, as well as Scott's dad who came over to help out as well ;)

Friday, August 21, 2009

We have our OWN domain!!

As some of you might have noticed by looking up into the address bar of your browser, we're no longer crazywithpets.blogspot.com! We are now simply crazywithpets.com! Also some of the contact emails and such have changed on here.
Either way, I just wanted to let everyone know, so that you can change your bookmarks/favorites accordingly :) For a while, even if you still leave the .blogspot added on the url, it's going to forward you to this site, but I just want to make sure you all realized it's changed in case it stops forwarding you one of these days :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

PaperBackSwap

While mailing out, one of my books this morning, I realized something. I haven't told you all about PaperBackSwap yet! I've been a member on PaperBackSwap for going on eight months now, and have to honestly admit, although I was a bit weary at first, this is a truly great website!
If you're like me, I'm sure you have a couple of books laying around, that maybe at some point you've already read, and don't feel the need to reread, or that you might have been given, and will never read. You're just not quite sure of what to do with those books, and as it stands right now, they're collecting dust!
First of to be clear, even though it's called PaperBackSwap, they don't just handle Paperbacks. There are also hardcover, Audio CD, Audio Cassette and Large Print books available. The idea of PaperBackSwap works like this. You sign up with them, and you list all of the books that you don't want anymore, or well that you want to trade with other people in the USA. After listing your first 10 books you get two "start up" book credits good toward any other club member's books.
Choosing a hardcover or paperback book from a PaperBackSwap Member will cost you one book credit, Audio books are two credits.
Once someone chooses one of your books and asks you to send it to them, you will receive another book credit, once that member receives that book. Or if you do it like me and pay for the S&H via PaperBackSwap you'll get your credit right away.
All in all this is a really great system. They have guidelines on the conditions that a book can/ must be in. So far I've asked for and received 15 books and I have yet to be disappointed about the quality of the books!
If you don't have enough books or are lacking enough books to make enough credits for books that you want, you can always buy credits on their site. It would cost you $3.45 to buy one credit. Now keep in mind, that means that you would be paying $3.45 for a book that you really want to read. All of my Anne Rice collection has come from PaperBackSwap members, they're all in great condition and are hardcover books. Granted I didn't have to actually buy credits because I had right around 100 books that I posted lol, but even if I had, there's no place else I could have gotten them cheaper lol.
For any avid readers, or anyone that just really wants a certain book but doesn't want to pay full price, this site is definitely worth a second, third and fourth look lol. BTW for some of you college students, you'll have a pretty good chance finding Textbooks/workbooks as well.
What you'll need to sign up on PaperBackSwap:
  • A working email address, so they can notify you about swaps, wish list offers (the wishlist feature gets another big thumbs up from me!) and any other critical notifications.
  • A physical Mailing address where you want to receive your books.
  • You must be 18 and older
  • You must be within the United States
  • And you cannot be incarcerated *institutional memerships are not permitted.
You can sign up for PaperBackSwap by clicking here.
And if you really love me, where it says Referred by you can let them know that I, "prplrush" referred you lol. You can also click on the button which should have my username/or email already on the form, once you click on signup. PaperBackSwap.com - Book Club to Swap, Trade & Exchange Books for Free.
This by no means is necessary, you can sign up without having a referrer! They do however have a referral program, and if someone does say they were referred by you, once they post 10 books you will get one book credit for that! If nothing else, just check out their site, you have absolutely nothing to loose if you love to read! If you do sign up, look me up, as I said before my username there is prplrush, and right now I have around 90 books on my trade list lol and I would love to make some PaperBackSwap Buddies!! And as always, if you have any questions about PaperBackSwap just comment and ask me, I'll be happy to answer your questions!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

HP Touchsmart Review


As some of my faithful readers already know, my one love, aside from of course my dear hubby and the hoard of dogs and our cat lol, is electronics! No matter how small or big the electronics are, I absolutely love them, and have to try them out ;)

A few months ago, Billy got me my most loved new toy lol. The HP Touchsmart PC IQ 504!
Wow, what a wonderful invention! I've always loved playing Mahjong on those little touchscreens that you find in some places, so of course that was one of the very first things I tried on the Touchsmart. Luckily it's one of the many games that comes pre-installed on it!
Here are the well not so formal specs of my HP Touchsmart:

The next-generation touch-enabled PC combines a 22" hi-def widescreen display with a powerful, energy-efficient Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 processor in a single, integrated design. Includes HP Touchsmart software, wireless keyboard & mouse, 4096MB Memory, 320GB Hard Drive, HP ambient light feature, slot-loading SuperMulti DVD Burner, 802.11 b/g/n WLAN & Integrated Bluetooth, Integrated Webcam & Mic, Media card reader, Premium stereo speakers, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit OS

One of the first things I also noticed, which somehow completely had bypassed me, and I never did see in any of the reviews lol is the ambient light feature. This I absolutely love, sitting in the living room with Billy, whom loves to keep the room completely in the dark, save the Tv, this is an absolute must! And so much better than a desk lamp. On the left side of my screen there's a button that you push, and as soon as you do, there's a light under the screen that turns on, and if you have your keyboard right there, it completely illuminates it! It has three settings, dim, medium and bright. Once you have something like that, you will never want to give it up again lol.
Another feature that i truly love, is that you can connect the touchsmart to the internet wireless like you would do a laptop. This of course, comes in really handy, if your modem or router is on the opposite side of the room, which is the case here ;)
The programs that come pre-installed on the Touchsmart, like the Touchsmart home, are an absolute must! Of course it has a great media center, and you're able to use a remote with it, if it came with yours, or if you choose to buy one.
Another great feature which I use quite often is that you can link the HP Touchsmart, with your XBox 360! This enables you to watch pictures, videos, listen to music and so much more, on your TV. BTW, you can also get a connection cable that connects your PC straight to your TV, something you should definitely give a try, especially if you have a flat screen hdtv.

All in all, the only cons, that I have come across over these few months, with this particular model of the Touchsmart has been, for one the fact that it runs Windows Vista (I am dying for Windows 7 to come out, and the features that it will seriously embellish on this particular PC. And the only other con I could find would be that at times the touchscreen is a bit sensitive. This isn't really a bad thing most of the times, as it truly makes for a great response time, but, should you get a fly or anything like that on your screen while you have it turned on, it can become quite irritating lol. There's nothing like shooing a fly off your screen, while it steadily opens program after program, deletes a couple of things and such lol.
Truly though, if you're looking into buying a new PC, definitely give the HP Touchsmart series a try. At this point if you were to buy one, at the very least they now offer free upgrades to Windows 7 once it comes on the market!
I'm sure I haven't "touched" on all the great features this computer has, so if you have any questions about it, feel free to comment and ask me!
You can buy your own, right here:

Monday, August 17, 2009

Algebra Challenge

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Harajuku Lovers G

For starters today, just wanted to let everyone know, that as of this morning, Diago is back to his usual rambunctious self! It's like nothing ever happened. Other then the fact that he's a bit mad at Billy and I, because we wont kick his ball outside right now, and he doesn't get to chase it. Of course, he's oblivious as to the reasoning of us not letting him chase a ball wildly across the yard. Who would've thought lol.



On with what I wanted to tell everyone about!
Today I got a nice little package through Fed-Ex and within it was this little, tiny but very cute bottle of Gwen Stefani Harajuku Lovers G that I had ordered.
Let me just tell you it smells absolutely fabulous, I think the best description I could give it is, truly yummy! Of course I tried it out the second that I received it, and made Billy smell it as well lol (he better be glad I didn't actually spray him with it as well) he loved it! On me anyways, I don't think he would've liked it as much on him ;)
I actually went online to check on their site, just what all exactly is in this eau de toilette spray, because all that kept coming to my mind was Pina Colada lol. Not quite as sweet as one, but really really close! Hmmm so yummy!!
This is what I did find about this particular scent:
Harajuku Lovers ‘G’ perfume is a food lover’s fragrance with mandarin, coconut, apple, freesia and sandalwood
I think that description is right on, I must be more of a food lover than I thought!
So now, even hours later I constantly find myself smelling my wrists lol, which is the first place on me that I tried the spray out earlier. I guess as long as I don't start chewing on myself due to the yummy smell, I'll be ok!
If you're looking for a new, unique and absolutely yummy scent, than I would definitely recommend you give one of the Gwen Stefani Lover collection perfumes a try!



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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Vet visit

Out of all the things I did have on my agenda today, a vet visit wasn't one of them. This afternoon, our Dobe Diago was chasing after his basketball outside and then, came back to me with a limp! Of course I right away figured he had done found the one single piece of glass in my yard, that I'm 99% certain doesn't exist lol, but no, what he did was rip one of his lil' toenails "almost" completely down to the quick :(
He was not a happy camper, neither was I of course. I brought him right back inside and checked to see if I could do anything for him. Since he didn't rip the nail off all the way, it stuck straight out to the side and I knew it needed to be clipped off. So I called for Billy whom was outside "gossiping" with the neighbors lol, I told him in a complete frenzy that Diago got hurt outside, there's bloody paw-prints all over the house and he has to fix it all NOW! Of course, he comes right to our rescue, gets the clippers that we have for doggy nails, I grab a leash in hopes of attempting to muzzle Diago (believe me we know this is going to hurt, and any dog is going to be a bit unhappy and unfriendly when they're in pain) and we get started. All Billy did, was touch Diagos nail and that was that lol, he yanked loose from me, growled at the both of us, and than continued to sit on the couch pouting.
Do you know what the stink eye is? It's an expression my friend and I use, when our dogs, give us that funny look. The one that says, "oh yeah, come closer and mess with me again and see what will happen".
Either way, Diago gave Billy and me both a serious stink eye lol. He tilted his head back and just let those lil slants of a doberman eyes do all the talking for him!
Needless to say, we both decided at that point that we're completely out of our league here!
I called our vet, told the receptionist that I had one of my dogs break his nail off partially, that it was bleeding a lot and that it needed to have the rest clipped off. The receptionist told me, they didn't have any appointments open, but of course we're more then welcome to come up there and see if they can squeeze us in.
When we got there our vet and her tech, which by the way love Diago lol, made sure they got us in within about 10 minutes of us being there. It was absolutely horrible :( First of they had to muzzle him with not just one, but two muzzles. Let me tell you something it's not very easy to muzzle a doberman, not because he wouldn't let us, its just simply due to the shape of their heads. The muzzles tend to just slip straight over. Anyway, They put something resembling a tourniquet around Diagos leg, and then went straight for the clippers. At this point Diago was still fine, but once they went to codorize the wound, Diago completely went off his hinges! He started wriggling around, almost bucking I guess. It took Billy, me, the tech and the vet to hold him. He definitely used every bit of his 125lbs! The amazing thing of course is, that as soon as the muzzles came off, Diago was best friends with the tech, whom done all this to him, again. Everything got finished off with a shot of anti inflammatory a big bandage and we got send on our way.
As I type this now, Diago is piled up in the bedroom with Billy, soaking up all the extra attention he can get out of this lol.
It truly just amazes me though, just how forgiving dogs can be. I mean even though this had to be done and there was no way around it, they sure don't know how to hold a grudge. Maybe he really does know, that in the long run it was all to help him, and make him feel better. Poor baby though, there's nothing worse than seeing one of our dogs in pain, for any reason!
All I can say is, always check your dogs nails, and make sure they don't get too long. How we missed this one is beyond me, all of his other nails were normal length, but this one was at least twice the length it should have been. I know, shame on me, but we really did miss it somehow. Guaranteed that wont be happening again!
Now that all that's said and done I'm gonna get back to some of the things I did have planned for today lol.
You all have a good night :)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Knowing (2009) DVD Giveaway! OVER!!


This giveaway is over, the winner has been notified!

So I figured I would go ahead and run my very first and very own giveaway!
Why not right l0l, I mean what could it hurt lol.
I truly loved the movie Knowing, thought that it had a great story-line and well quite simply, I just can't get enough of Nicolas Cage. I don't think there has been a single movie of his that I haven't gotten to see at some point or another lol.
Anyway, I have a brand new, still wrapped DVD of the movie Knowing for one of my readers! This is going to be a very simple, (well I'm trying to keep it that way lol) very easy to enter giveaway.
You do not have to be a blogger to enter this giveaway. When commenting on this post simply click on Name/URL and leave your email in the URL space, in this format "yourusername.yourprovider.com/net", this is to keep from spammers picking up your email. Or leave your email in the post if you're comfortable with it. Which ever makes it easier for you.

Entry period ends on August 31st, 2009 at 11:59pm CT (just make sure you're entries are in before Sep. 1st!) Open to residents of the U.S.


To Enter:

Simply tell me your favorite movie with Nicolas Cage. (If you haven't seen one yet, let me know why you want to win this DVD) You can only do this once. This first entry is mandatory.
Make sure I have a way of contacting you! Check your profiles, make sure you have an email on it. If you're not sure how to do this, please click here.
Please also check and make sure your profile is not set to private, or I wont be able to email you!


For Additional Entries do one, two or all of the following:

  • Follow me on blogger (leave one extra comment)
  • Add my button to your blog and leave a link to your blog. (leave two extra comments)
  • Follow me on twitter (on the right sidebar) and tweet about this giveaway. (you can do this once per day, for one extra entry each day, leave me the link for your tweets!) Feel free to copy and tweet this: RT @prplrush One lucky reader will receive the DVD Knowing (2009)http://bit.ly/XUb06
  • Blog about this giveaway on your own blog(make sure to link back to CrazyWithPets) and leave me the link to your blog. (Leave three extra comments)


The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here on Tuesday, September the 1st, 2009
I will contact the winner via email as well, so make sure you either leave your email, or that there's a way for me to contact you via your blog. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email (or the winning post, whichever he/she sees first), if there's no response, a new winner will be chosen!

If you have any questions about this giveaway, you can contact me via the contact button on my blog.
I also want to assure everyone that enters, that your info will not be used for anything other than to enter this giveaway!

Disclaimer: This giveaway is hosted by me personally and has absolutely nothing to do with Universal Home Video!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Argh Migraines!

I have a blasting Migraine today. No clue where it came from, or why or anything lol. I can't even think straight today lol.
Don't worry though i'll be back stronger and better soon ;)
And I'm getting ready to host my very first and very own, Giveaway!! All i will say about it for now, is that it's going to be a DVD, a brand new, newly released DVD ;)
So you all stay tuned!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Win NAILENE™ French Manicure kits


Have you ever wanted your nails to look like you've had a professional manicure done, but without the big costs?
See, you're not alone, I love having my nails done. I just don't have the budget these days to get them done lol.
This is where Nailene comes in! I absolutely love their products. They look great, actually Nailene looks professional and best of all, Nailene lasts! They're extremely simple to use, they're quick and they also have truly beautiful designs. They're French Manicure Products truly do give professional salon results! Even for me lol, and believe me, I'm not all that skilled at doing anything with my nails lol. I actually also love their little nail art stickers!
The ones with the little rhinestones in them truly give your finger nails, as well as your toenails that "I didn't do this myself" look!

Anyway, yesterday I received my French Manicure e-mail blast from Nailene, in which they talked about their new Sweepstakes! So hurry up, check out this link and

Enter for a chance to win
NAILENE products!

Enter for your chance to win WIN NAILENE™ French Manicure kits and other fantastic NAILENE® products and a $50.00
Wal-Mart gift card – a prize package
worth $250.00.

Sweepstakes begins August 1st
and ends October 31st, 2009 at 5:00pm PST.

Let's get some beautiful nails girls!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tousle Me Softly Instant Win & Sweeps

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tex-Mex Meatballs


It's dinner time yet again! Ok, well maybe it was dinner time a few hours ago lol, but I'm just now getting around to posting it ;)
Since my friend pointed out I should also add the recipe to my dinners here you go lol. Tonight there will also be a recipe :)

What you'll need:

1lb Ground Beef
1 Egg
1 (7oz) package of Spanish rice (you can also use Mexican, which is all i had on hand tonight)
1/2 cup of water
2 (15oz) cans of stewed Tomatoes
1 onion, sliced (you can leave it out if you choose, like me lol)
1 large Green Bell Pepper, sliced
2 tsp chili powder
1 bag of tortilla chips ( you can also use flour tortillas or pita bread, or like my hubby po-boy buns)
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapenos (all i had was sharp cheddar, works fine, although i did cut up a couple of jalapenos and mixed it into the cheese lol.)

What you're gonna do:

First combine ground beef, egg, rice mix and water in a bowl, mix it all up. Now shape into 1 to 1 1/2 inch meatballs. Put them into the fridge for a few minutes to let them chill so they will firm. If you're strapped for time, cover them up, and set them in your freezer, it'll firm them much faster.

Once they are firm, brown the meatballs in a large skillet over med-high heat. Pour off all the grease. (you probably wont have as many meatballs lol. i always make extra, cause i know Billy will be having Tex-Mex Poboys the next day :)

Now add the tomatoes, onion if you choose so lol and the bell pepper slices. Sprinkle the Chili powder over the top.

Now cover your skillet, and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes. (Might take longer if you made bigger meatballs like me lol. )
Make sure your meatballs are cooked through and that the rice is tender.


Lastly arrange tortilla chips in a serving dish and spoon the meatballs and sauce over them. Sprinkle with the cheese.
Unless of course you are using the flour tortillas or the pita bread, in which case you know what to do :)
Voila! You've just made Tex-Mex Meatballs!


This is my finished serving platter lol. There aren't many chips on there, that's simply because we don't like it once the chips get soggy, so i prefer to either keep most of the chips in a bag or put them into little bowls next to the main dish. All up to you!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

My Coke Rewards - Papa Johns Instant Win Sweepstakes


I'm so thrilled lol. I didn't have to cook today, nor did I have to spend a penny on dinner :) This afternoon I played the Papa Johns Instant Win sweepstakes and guess what?! Yep, I won lol. My prize was a Medium pizza with two toppings and two large bottles of Coke Zero. Although i opted for sprite lol, not a big fan of actual coke.
I tried to get a perfect picture of it all, but as you can see, I didn't get to the pizza before Billy did, haha!
You know, whoever said, you can't get something for nothing, obviously never heard of sweeps lol. The only thing you can say to that, is you can't win it if you aint in it :D
Well, i only have a couple more days left to get my Pogo badges done, so I think for now I'm gonna go off to pogo land and try to get those done. Might be back in a lil' bit though lol.